Le Encantadas of Olga Neuwirth in Paris Philharmonie

  • Wednesday 21 October 2015 20h30 - 22h30 (local time)

Featuring ambisonics (spat) and Antescofo technologies from Ircam FORUM

San Lorenzo in Venice was the theater that saw the premiere of Luigi Nono's Prometeo in 1984. The architect Renzo Piano built a stage shaped like an arc, a boat that transported the audience. Marked by Prometeo and by Venice, a city where she worked for several years, Olga Neuwirth has captured the acoustics of the now abandoned San Lorenzo for her own creation: analyzed and included in the electronics, this space is now a virtual stage where Le Encantadas is performed.

La traversée

Neuwirth's sea voyage, inspired by a novel by Herman Melville, includes the Galapagos, volcanic and empty lands, its enchanted isles, a setting for nature’s strength and the end of the world. Neither text nor libretto here, but the dissemination of musicians on "islands" throughout the concert hall. The far-off archipelago is reflected in the Venetian lagoon and the symbolism of fiction in the perception of a unique space.


Olga Neuwirth Le Encantadas o le avventure nel mare delle meraviglie,
commissioned by Südwestrundfunk (Donaueschinger MusikTage), the Ensemble intercontemporain, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Wien Modern, and the Lucerne Festival, French premiere


Ensemble intercontemporain
Conductor Matthias Pintscher
IRCAM Computer Music Designer Gilbert Nouno
Scientific Advisor IRCAM Markus Noisternig (Acoustic and Cognitive Spaces research team)

Festival d'Automne à Paris, Ensemble intercontemporain, Philharmonie de Paris coproduction in partnership with IRCAM-Centre Pompidou.
Concert recorded by France Musique

7:45pm, Cité de la Musique - Philharmonie 2, Amphithéâtre

Keys for Listening
Presentation of the work by Clément Lebrun, musicologist. Free Entry

Philharmonie 2